Inscribed by Winston Churchill “…For Mrs Johnston in these great days”, a 1941 (second) edition of ‘Into Battle’, the first of a number of collections of his wartime speeches to be published, was part of a lot that sold for a higher than predicted £3000 in a Surrey sale.
Extracted from Antiques Trade Gazette | Ian McKay
Also part of that lot at John Nicholson’s (25% buyer’s premium) on May 14 were three volumes of Churchill’s History of the English Speaking Peoples. Each had a “pasted in duplicated presentation slip”, one displaying the signature of the historian GM Trevelyan.
Another of the day’s best-sellers came in the form of two large boxes containing material relating to a water engineer and scientist William N McLean, his brother Frank and other family members.
Letters from the astronomer Charles Piazzi Smyth, Carl Zeiss, Edward VII and many others, along with technical files, photographs, etc, made up an archive that sold for £3200.
Literary lots included a number of works by WB Yeats, among them a bright copy of the 1899, second edition of his Poems in an elaborately gilt binding by Althea Gyles which made £300.